Subject Definitions for Internal Club Comptitions

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12/08/2019 - 16:13


***Please note this document relates to the current 2020/21 ***



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The purpose of this definition document is to give members an idea of what might be expected for each league subject but it is not intended to be exhaustive. If you can execute a photograph in a different way that meets the definition please do so as this is what creativity is all about.



Into the Light or Contra-jour: Images where the light source is behind the subject but not necessarily directly behind the subject.


Urban life/Street Photography: Images that show an aspect of living in a City or are taken in a street setting of street life are eligible for this competition.


Magnificent Macro: Although traditionally a macro lens is one where it produces an image on the camera’s sensor larger than life size (a reproduction ratio of greater than 1:1.), this competition is open to any close-up image of a small object or living organism in which the subject presented is greater than life size.


Food and Drink: Entries for this competition should be, or look as if, the subject is for human consumption and could be part of our food chain.  It is open to images showing individual or multiple elements of food, drink in production, process or final presentation.


Still Life/tabletop Photography: Images will depict mostly inanimate subject matter.  They could include but not exclusively natural elements such as food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells etc or manmade items for example drinking glasses, books, jewellery, coins etc. It is expected that images will be taken in a controlled environment and likely to be on a tabletop, workbench etc.   


Wheels, Tools and Machines: Images that include or imply circular objects that revolve on an axle will meet the definition of Wheels, whereas, tools and machines are considered to be apparatus designed for doing a specific job whilst minimising the human effort required.  It is expected that images could be of hand tools through to complex machinery, either abstracted or in their entirety but the human element will be a secondary element if not absent.


Landscape/Seascape:  A landscape is an outdoor picture which may show a large vista or smaller geological formations.  It includes seascapes, underwater views as well as scenes underground.  It may include animals or people but these should be a minor part of the image.


Portrait:  A portrait Is a picture of a person(s) or animal(s) that says something about the subject(s) either by facial expressions, poses or the environment that the subject is pictured in.


At Ground Level: The subject of the image must be taken at or very near to the level of the ground.


Own Choice:  An Open competition in which images of any photographic genre may be entered.


Wildlife: An animal (land or aquatic), bird, insect, plant or fungi that is normally found in the wild.

Those that meet the above criteria but are contained within zoos/zoological gardens/sanctuaries, rare animal breeding programmes, aquariums etc are acceptable.  As are Dartmoor ponies, rescued animals/birds/etc.

Ineligible are domestic animals such as dogs, cats and animals in farms.


Creative: A creative image is any image where the photographer has altered reality e.g. displaying a change in natural colour, form, shape etc.  It includes high speed imagery, painting with light, altering perspective or reality, colour manipulation, textures etc.  It is not an image of another artists work such as a sculpture or street art.  A creative image should demonstrate an idea going beyond a simple photograph


Sports: Images taken at a sporting event or evoking a particular sport.  They could show the action, competitors, equipment, other participants stadia, or the audience reaction etc.  The subject should be considered in its widest context and not just Olympic or Professional Sports.       


DPI of the Year: Open to any image entered this season as a DPI in either the league or trophy competition.




Updated 20th October 2020